OpenWest 2018 - This is what winning looks like
Publication date 2018-06-07
Topics openwest, openwest2018, open source, free software, free and open source software, foss, floss, open source software,
"Software is eating the world…" –Marc Andreesen
"…and open source is eating software." –seemingly every tech journalist in the past 5 years
Tech journalists and others are crying it from the rooftops: "Open source has won." Linux is found in everything. Companies look first to open source options when selecting new technologies. Microsoft ❤️ Linux. It certainly seems as though open source has, as they say, won.
But what does FLOSS look like going forward?
It means we're seeing a dramatic increate in corporate awareness of and involvement in open source communities. They're sponsoring projects, conferences, foundations, and developers. They're open sourcing internal projects at an increasing rate.
In general these are great developments, but even those corporations setting sail are doing so into uncharted waters. They don't speak the language. They don't understand the culture. They mistake community for a market. Often, they flounder before they can reap the benefits of participating in FLOSS.
If we want to continue to grow the influence and reach of FLOSS, we must learn to lead this new corporate community.
In this talk I will discuss some of the problems faced by untrained but (usually) well-intentioned companies entering FLOSS communities and what we, as community leaders, can do to become the rising tide which floats all boats.
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